Thomas Kennedy

Mar 5, 1874

Born in London, England


Dec 10, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59541 (temporary number 1158)

Ø  Next of kin given as Elizabeth Kennedy, wife, 8 St. Andrew St., Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Shoemaker

o   Later noted as Varnish Maker

Ø  Previous military experience given as 12 years in the 17th Leicestershire Regiment in England with service in South Africa

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Posted to “A” Company

On attesting he stated he was born March 8, 1876, not his actual birth date of March 5, 1874

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


Feb 6, 1915

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal


Apr 7, 1915

Reverted to the rank of Private for Misconduct


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jun 15, 1915

Granted working pay as a Company Cook


Jul 20, 1915

Posted to the Depot Company and ceased to draw extra pay as a Cook


Jul 21, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay and restricted to half pay for 1 month for being absent


Aug 19, 1915

Sentenced to 7 days Detention and forfeited 4 day’s pay for being absent


Sep 2, 1915

Posted to “C” Company


Sep 14, 1915

The 21st Battalion proceeded to France but Private Kennedy remained behind in England


Sep 25, 1915

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling


Feb 1, 1916

To draw working pay as a Clerk


Feb 7, 1916

Transferred to the COC (Canadian Ordnance Corps) in Ashford


Jul 1, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal while employed as a Clerk


Aug 7, 1917

Medical Board at Ashford notes

Ø  Man suffers from Chronic Bronchitis

Ø  Has a Chronic Cough


Nov 23, 1917

Reverted to the rank of Private on ceasing to be employed as a Clerk and transferred to the General Depot in Shorncliffe and posted to the CAPC (Canadian Army Pay Corps) in London for duty


Nov 30, 1917

Ceased to be attached to the Pay Corps and rejoined the General Depot in Shorncliffe


Dec 31, 1917

Attached to CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Feb 23, 1918

Embarked the SS Missanabie in Liverpool



Mar 17, 1918

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario


Mar 19, 1918

Taken On Strength the Military District No. 2 Casualty Company in Toronto


Apr 30, 1918

Medical Board in Toronto notes

Ø  Man suffers from Bronchitis and Emphysema

Ø  The Bronchitis caused by his service but the Emphysema is not caused by his service

Ø  Complains of pain in chest when coughing

Ø  Has attacks of wheezing and coughs sputum in the mornings


Jul 17, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Lance Corporal

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “B”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 210 Bathurst St., Toronto, Ontario

Following his discharge, the British War Medal was sent to him at 307 Mutual St., Toronto, Ontario


Feb 9, 1948

Thomas Kennedy died while a patient of the Christie Street Hospital in Toronto, Ontario of Asthmatic Bronchitis and was buried in the Holy Sepulchre Roman Catholic Cemetery, Burlington, Ontario


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